When I stop and think about my life PA and PT (that’s post-Addison and post-transplant, though I suppose it should be PAT for post-Addison’s-transplant), I am momentarily awed about how much meaning and purpose I have found. While becoming a parent makes you see the world completely different, having a child who is here only because of the incredible generosity of another family really changes your perspective. I have a mission.
On Monday at 7am PST, Global News and the transplant authorities in every province across Canada launched #48in48 to register 48,000 organ donors in 48 hours. I have always loved my job as a reporter with Global BC, but no exclusive stories, awards or accolades have ever made me more proud than this campaign. And I like to think it all started with Addison. She is the reason why I am compelled to advocate for organ donation and transplant research.
Technically, the registration-a-thon idea came from Peggy John, media relations with BC Transplant, who mentioned it to me last year before Organ Donation Awareness Week as a “one day I would love to…” Well I thought there was no better time than now. Thankfully, the people in charge at Global BC agreed. In 2014, the 48-hour blitz and aftermath saw more than 7000 British Columbians registered – that’s more than BC Transplant gets online in an entire year.
A few months ago when Peggy contacted me to say all the provincial transplant authorities were keen to join together for a national registration campaign, I pleaded the case with station management once again. Now five months later and here we are.
So come on, let’s do it for Addison, her heart buddy Cody who has been on the list for more than 18 months, and the other 450+ British Columbians who are desperately waiting. Tell all your friends, talk about it at work, bring it up at the school playground, and discuss organ donation with your family.
#48in48 We can do it together!!
Elaine, Aaron and Addison